Automotive Purchasing Weekly 2 May2016 - page 20

More than700,000 truck
kits shipped for assembly to
since 1966
28 April 2016 | Supply Chain
Assembly kits from Wörth support global growth of Mercedes-Benz Trucks for 50 Years.
The CKD-Centre at the Mercedes-
Benz Wörth plant is celebrating its 50th
anniversary this year. The location began
producing complete truck parts kits, CKD
kits, for assembly abroad back in 1966 (CKD
= Completely Knocked Down). A total of
700,000 CKD kits have been packaged in
Wörth and shipped throughout the world to
date. The kits are assembled into complete
trucks with the usual Mercedes-Benz quality
at plants in countries like South Africa, Saudi
Arabia and Malaysia, among others.
“At the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant
we are proud to be putting our trucks on
roads around the world. For 50 years,
our CKD-Centre has played a key role in
reinforcing our position in important growth
markets outside Europe. At the centre of
competence for CKD production, our highly
qualified workforce knows exactly how to
produce trucks at top quality and ship them
overseas for assembly,” said Gerald Jank,
Head of the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant.
“In the next years we want to keep growing
strongly outside of Europe. Thus, we will
invest around €3 million in the centre of
competence for CKD.”
Key Role in the Global Mercedes-Benz
Trucks Production Network
The CKD-Centre in Wörth stands for
the successful implementation of its
original concept of ‘shipping quality’. The
centre sends high-quality individual truck
components produced at the site to the
international assembly plants. The kits
are assembled reliably and flexibly at the
foreign locations in accordance with the
Mercedes-Benz high quality standards. The
experienced production team from Wörth
plays an important part in safeguarding
these strict quality requirements all over
the world. The specialists in Wörth regularly
support colleagues at foreign plants with
production start-ups, for example, as part
of special training programmes. The CKD-
Centre of competence Wörth plays a key
role in the international Mercedes-Benz
Trucks Production Network.
Assembly kits from Wörth tap into
international growth markets
The CKD-Centre significantly helps
to tap into important growth markets for
Mercedes-Benz trucks from Wörth. Thanks
to its high degree of flexibility, the CKD-
Centre is always able to meet customers’
requirements at short notice in other markets
around the world. By now, the CKD-Centre
uses this model in an exceedingly flexible
and reliable manner to supply parts kits for
Mercedes-Benz trucks to numerous markets
like South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia,
Taiwan, Brazil and Russia, in accordance
with customers’ specific requirements. Also,
the planned return to the Iranian market will
henceforth be covered with parts kits from
the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant. The local
assembly in the markets allows meeting the
demands of truck customers, which vary
significantly by region, rapidly. Customers
also benefit economically from local
production due to the significantly lower
import duties at many places.
Half a Century of CKD Know-how from
CKD production at the Wörth plant started
in 1966 with around 500 kits. Even back then,
the first truck kits were sent to Iran. In 1969,
the CKD-Centre produced more than 11,000
CKD kits for the first time. Since 1978 parts
kits are assembled at the CKD packaging
hall with container loading. Today, the
CKD-Centre in Wörth employs about 450
people. The current portfolio of the CKD-
Centre in Wörth includes the Mercedes-
Benz Actros, Axor and Atego in the fields
of road and construction site transport. The
special Unimog and Zetros vehicles are also
shipped as kits.
PDPorts’ further expansionof
container terminal capacitywith£10
million investment
28 April 2016 | Supply Chain
PD Ports has significantly increased
the volume of containers it can handle
at Teesport with the installation of new
multi-million pound cranes, offering global
shipping lines direct access to UK Northern
As part of its continued growth, £3.2
million has been invested in three 24.6m tall
rubber tyre gantry cranes (RTGs) which each
weigh 141 tonnes and can lift containers
weighing up to 40 tonnes and stack them
The new cranes join an additional four
RTGs which have been operational since the
expansion of Teesport Container Terminal 2
in 2011.
Manufactured by Liebherr Container
Cranes at its factories in Ireland and Spain,
they were transported in several sections by
To further increase capacity at Teesport
and position it as market leader in UK port
logistics, an order worth more than £6 million
has also been placed with Liebherr for a ship
to shore crane at Teesport to complement
the two already in operation.
It will improve capacity as well as
customer service by enabling a quicker
turnaround of vessels and has up to 99.6%
availability during actual vessel operation,
thereby ensuring reliability and productivity.
Teesport has seen a steady growth in
container volumes of 13% year on year since
2007 with 466,000 TEU (20-foot equivalent
units) handled in 2015.
PD Ports, which owns and operates the
North’s second largest container port, has
also increased its capacity through a recent
£35 million redevelopment offering some
550m of deep water quay and providing one
of the deepest water facilities in the UK.
David Robinson, PD Ports’ Chief Executive
Officer, commented: “We’ve invested
over £80 million at Teesport over the past
five years in developing, upgrading and
enhancing capacity to meet the demands of
our customers and position the Port as the
northern gateway for containerised goods
serving Northern UK markets.
“As Teesport continues to thrive in the
container market, we must ensure the
Port will have the right infrastructure and
equipment to help provide shippers with
more direct and efficient trade routes to
northern markets.
“The addition of these cranes at Teesport
provides a platform for further significant
growth and ensures we continue to be
a key driver and enabler of the Northern
Powerhouse Strategy. Our continued
investment in the Port will ensure it is fit for
purpose to create new opportunities, attract
inward investment and support sustainable
growth across the North.”
He added: “This multi-million pound
investment has been an important addition
to our wider growth plans at Teesport, and
its pivotal role in driving Government plans
to rebalance trade through the Northern
Powerhouse movement. Ultimately this will
provide more direct and efficient routes
to market for Northern importers and
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